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Philly wants to make solar energy affordable for every homeowner

Open enrollment for Solarize Philly starts July 1

Open enrollment for a city-wide initiative to make solarizing Philly’s home more affordable begins Saturday, July 1, and already more than 500 homeowners plan to sign up.

That’s promising for the program known as Solarize Philly, which is banking on lowering the cost of solar installations if enough households get involved.

Here’s how it works: Solarize Philly is a city-wide initiative led by the Philadelphia Energy Authority (PEA), an independent municipal organization, that was announced by City Council in April 2017. At that time, an RFP was issued for participating vendors to sign up.

Last week, on the heels of the city’s pledge to transition to 100 percent renewable energy, the PEA announced that it had selected three vendors who have agreed to reduce the price of installing rooftop solar as more households sign up for Solarize Philly.

The three companies that signed onto the program are Kiss Electric, Moore Energy, and Solar States.

The first enrollment period is from July 1 through September 30, 2017. If you sign up, you’ll get a free solar assessment to see if your house is viable for solar panels and a project quote. That price is subject to change, based on based on the final number of households that ultimately sign up.

You can sign up for the program here.